Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm PST
's actually the oldest winemaking family in north america.growing grapes and making wine is in 6th generation vintner steven kent mirrassou's blood. the mirrassou family, has been making wine since 1854. 6th generation, yes. 152 years we've been doing this. today, he makes wine under the steven kent label. steven kent is my first and middle name. mirassou is a brand name owned by a different winery so we're not able to use mirassou as part of our business name. we're on the ghielmetti vineyard in livermore.while the mirrasou family grew grapes and made wine in san jose for decades, steven's father moved east to make wine in nearby livermore valley. livermore is one of the oldest wine growing regions in california.grapes were planted here in the 1840s much the same time as napa valley. we believe that mother nature didn't shine her light strictly on the napa valley, especially as far as cabernet is concernedand we believe that cabernet is one of those varietals that can really shine in this region.mary what we have in this particular barrel is some cabernet that we're producing from our hom
Dec 19, 2012 7:00am PST
for benefits and rights that we earned. don't forget america's disabled veterans, and remember the dav. when you hear the name fess parker you probably think of his roles as television's daniel boone or davy crockett , or perhaps of his santa barbara county winery. but the legendary actor also owns the wine country inn and spa in los olivos where you can head for some vintage r & r. in one pampering treatment at "spa vigne" you can get completely wrapped up in wine. the name of the spa is spa vigne which is a spa of the vinewe try to focus most of our treatments around the wine theme.the wine infusion wrap is deeply relaxing. therapist diane hovey prepares the infusion. crushed grapeseeds are mixed in with rosemary, eucalyptus and calendula.we put the herbs insideofa big tea pouch.the "tea bag" infuses a water bath. your treatment begins when diane adds the key ingredient, red wine. it's uh one of fess parker's wines.diane soaks towels in the wine and herb infusion that she lays under and over your body.okay? uh-hum. then she wraps you in heated and mylar blankets.the heat relaxes you.
Dec 18, 2012 7:00am PST
america. steve markle is with "oars" -- the outdoor adventure river specialists. they're the guides for this trip. layers of clothing are good. the fit is great, but i care more about the water. of course, a "wine on the river" trip requires, well, wine. that's where scott klann from twisted oak winery comes in. i brought some barrel samples. we're going to have some fun tonight we're going to do what is called a blending seminar so i had to bring some barrel samples in order to do that. but first... we are all ready to get wet. we're going to go through some great rapids. they've gotta get down the river. these are "class four" rapids. that's four out of a possible six in difficulty. now, most adults can run class four rapids with a guide, but still, this is no walk in the park. it doesn't take long for the mighty tuolumne to flip a boat -- sending a handful of rafters, including scott the winemaker, into the drink. the boat turned over. it went up and it flipped. is the wine still attached to the boat? the wine was not in our boat. the barrel samples i knew were ok too because the